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OP/ED: Water metres -- not that scary

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I was surprised at the reaction the public has had towards water metres. Not floored, change is uncomfortable and there is almost always a backlash. What surprised me is how vehement and ongoing the reaction has been. I’ve been fortunate enough to have travelled quite a bit and lived in many parts of the world. In most places I’ve been water is treated as a precious resource and water metres are pretty standard. For me it seems like a natural progression.

City staff and developer will meet with the public about Nelson Landing

Requests from the developer for variances to building bylaws have resulted in 84 pages of comments and complaints to city council from residents, and in last minute plans for public meetings  (source: conceptual drawing from Storm Mountain website)

There will be two public meetings in Nelson on Monday, March 17 about the Nelson Landing housing development. One will be hosted by the developer and the other by the city.

BC government rolls out two-part plan to sell liquor in grocery stores

BC government rolls out two-part plan to sell liquor in grocery stores

Ed. Note: The following is a press release issued by the B.C. government:

The B.C. government has outlined a unique, two-part model for liquor sales in grocery stores that will ensure convenience and choice for consumers, promote B.C. products and create jobs.

Local officials see mainly positives in proposed four-year election terms

Mayor John Dooley is all in favour of the new four-year term proposed by the Liberal government.

A new law is in the works in the Legislature that would see British Columbians vote in municipal elections every four years, instead of the current term of three years – a move that’s generally seen as positive by Nelson area officials, but not without some potential pitfalls.

The new law planned for introduction this year by the Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, Coralee Oakes will be in place for the November 2014 municipal elections and will create four year terms for city municipalities, regional districts, park boards and school trustees.

City holds its breath for Kraft Hockeyville annnouncement

City holds its breath for Kraft Hockeyville annnouncement

The big day's almost here – this Saturday, we'll be finding out if Castlegar is a semi-finalist in the Kraft Hockeyville competition, and in the running for $100,000 of arena upgrades and the opportunity to host an NHL exhibition game.

This means lobbying support from far outside city boundaries, as the winning community could need as many as 2.5 million votes to win – which is why lobbying has already begun to get support under way.

Mayor/councillor say four-year term is a mixed bag

Councillor Florio Vassilakakis

It's official – B.C. will now be the final province in Canada to adopt four-year terms for municipal councils, mayors and school district representatives.

Castlegar Mayor Lawrence Chernoff, himself a council veteran completing his third term as mayor and having served on council since 1987 (with a three-year hiatus) said it's a complicated issue with both upsides and down.

Nelson Landing development, city financial plan, composting, residential development near golf course, and more: Nelson City Council March 3, 2014

Nelson Landing development, city financial plan, composting, residential development near golf course, and more: Nelson City Council March 3, 2014

The lead-up to Monday’s council meeting was very sociable, with about 40 people in the usually nearly empty public seating area. The crowd had the mood of people on a mission.

But they weren’t there long.

Mayor John Dooley, ten minutes into the meeting, announced that the development permit variance application for Nelson Landing had been removed from the agenda so that council and the developer could get more public input. The crowd applauded and went home, leaving council to its customary peace and quiet.

Mungall accuses Liberals of gerrymandering over changes to Electoral Boundaries Act

 A bill under debate in the legislature, if passed, would effectively freeze the number of BC Interior ridings in four regions at their current numbers.

Nelson-Creston NDP MLA, Michelle Mungall is sounding the alarm about a new bill put forward by the Liberal government that would see changes made to the laws governing the Electoral Boundaries Commission and electoral ridings in the Kootenays.

Silver Alert needed in BC

Silver Alert needed in BC

It’s time for B.C. to implement comprehensive measures to help locate and protect missing seniors with dementia, says Selina Robinson, MLA for Coquitlam-Maillardville.

On Tuesday, Robinson introduced the Silver Alert Act in the legislature. The bill would create a program which would alert the public of a missing person who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or any other form of cognitive impairment.

BC Gov looks to reform local elections to include four-year terms

Members of the BC Legislature are slated to vote on changes local elections from a three-year to a four-year cycle beginning with the 2014 elections.

Mayor John Dooley leading Nelson into the year 2018?

That's on the horizon for Nelson voters as the B.C. government looks to introduce legislation during the current legislative session to change local elections from a three-year to a four-year cycle beginning with the 2014 elections.

The change, which must be passed in the legislative, would mean the next B.C. local election after November 2014 will be in October 2018.

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